Non-Alcoholic Drink ReviewReady To DrinkTostTOST Non Alcoholic Sparkling Review

October 10, 2021by Jonathan Lambrianidis

TOST non-alcoholic sparkling is the has made a name for itself the world over and now the original White Tea, Cranberry and Ginger sparkling is here!

Tost Non-Alcoholic Sparkling is a complex blend of sweet fruity notes, tart cranberry and crisp dry white tea and ginger. A new style of non-alcoholic sparkling, Tost focuses on delivering all-natural alcohol-free sparkling that supports you in choosing how you drink.

Thanks to the good folk at Brunswick Aces, had access to a bottle to review for you!

Key Takeaways

ABV: 0%
Style Sparkling
Calories: 19 calories / 100ml
Colour: Deep Golden, Orange Tinge.
Main Notes: Cranberry + Fruit
Cost: $18 – $20.
Rating: 7/10

What does it taste like? | Buy Now | Nutrition Information

Tost Non-Alcoholic Sparkling being held by man

What Does Tost Non Alcoholic Sparkling Taste Like?

There are sweet bright and vibrant flavours of fruit, cranberry, white tea and ginger through the Tost Non-Alcoholic Sparkling. Initially sweet and fruity, the complexity of the sparkling develops in your mouth and is finished with a dry crispness from white tea.

The vibrant carbonation helps develop an enjoyably creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel and carbonation are almost identical to the Tost Rose that I review and wrote up recently.

As I drink my way through a glass of the Tost Sparkling I come back to a flavour profile that is:

  • Cranberry led.
  • Sweet and fruity citrus notes.
  • Slightly dried off and crisp from white tea and ginger.

Flavour Reference Point: Fruit Tingles

For those of you in Australia and whoever had ‘Fruit Tingles’ as a kid (or adult for that matter), the mouthfeel and profile of the Tost Sparkling can be likened to the result of the pink fruit tingle and purple fruit tingle having a baby, and that baby has now grown up into an adult flavoured fruit tingle!

Back to the Tost Sparkling, it is a crisp sparkling this is completely different from any other option on the market as the closest it gets to traditional sparkling is the style of the bottle it is in!

Is it for you? Well, that’s wrapped up below!

Tost Sparkling Bottle and glass half full

In terms of body and drinkability, it gets a great tick. Given Tost Rose is not a wine, it does benefit from the use of sugar which supports the overall body by adding depth and roundedness to the flavour profile.

Just keep in mind, if you are looking for a glass of sparkling rose that replicates the traditional berry flavours of rose like the Tautila, Leitz, Funky Monkey or Vinada, you’re not likely to find it in the Tost.

So, while it isn’t for those looking for the traditional flavours of a rose, who would like it and where would it work?

Tost Non-Alcoholic Sparkling bottle in glass

Who is Tost Sparkling For?

As a general rule, if you enjoy fruity and complex or a sweet, but not too sweet, drink you are going to enjoy the Tost Sparkling. Tost is best described as a ‘ready to drink style sparkling with a grown-up taste profile’.

Tost has been created to have a flavour profile of its own but give you the experience of sparkling wine.

If you are looking for a traditional style non-alcoholic sparkling wine, you’re likely to need to look elsewhere as the Tost is creating a category of its own by colliding the complexity of flavours that come from traditional sparkling wine with food-tech innovation and grown-up tea-based and cranberry flavour profiles.

If you’ve decided the Tost isn’t for you, it’s not all doom and gloom – far from it. There are other options out there for every taste, including:

Tost Non-Alcoholic Sparkling bottle in hand

Where Can I Buy Tost Sparkling?

  • In Australia, buying a bottle of Tost is growing all the time and non-alcoholic stores like Brunswick Aces and Craft Zero are great local options to help you get a bottle in your hands and Tost in your glass.Each bottle locally in Australia will cost you around $18 – $21 and is available in 750ml options now although in the US market 4-packs of 250ml single-serve bottles are available for purchase.I’ll keep you updated should these land in Australia!If you’re looking to give it a go, links to get you started are all below:

Bottle of Tost on a leather chair

Does Tost Have Alcohol?: Tost Ingredients

Tost Non Alcoholic Sparkling is completely alcohol free and is made without the use of alcohol. Tost is not a fermented beverage and uses carbonated water as base, therefore alcohol is never included in the manufacturing process.

Tost non-alcoholic sparkling contains only natural ingredients and is made with:

  1. Carbonated Water.
  2. Organic Blue Agave.
  3. White Tea.
  4. White Cranberry Concentrate.
  5. Natural Ginger & Citrus Extract.
  6. Natural Flavours Citric Acid, Quinine.

non alcoholic sparkling drink in glass

Tost Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Nutrition

On average the Tost non-alcoholic sparkling has 19 calories and 4.6 grams of sugar per 100ml. It is a low calorie and average sugar option that is all-natural, gluten-free, kosher and vegan friendly.

Compared to the Tost Rose, that I wrote up and you can read over here, the Sparkling has slightly more sugar and is higher in calories.

Calories per 100ml Sugar per 100ml
Tost Rose 16.7 Calories 3.75 Grams
Tost Sparkling 19 Calories 4.6 Grams

Having researched and compared over 20 non-alcoholic wines for sugar and calorie profiles (you can read it here), the Tost is slightly above average.

On average non-alcoholic wine sugar and calories came in at:

  • Calories: 20 cal /100ml; and
  • Sugar: 4 grams / 100ml.

If you’re keen for a full breakdown, the full nutritional panel is dropped in below for more information.

Avg Quantity
Per Serving (240ml)
Avg Quantity
Per 100ml
Energy 309 kJ
74 Cal
76 kJ
19 Cal
Protein <0.1 g <0.1 g
Fat, total <0.1 g <0.1 g
   — saturated <0.1 g <0.1 g
Carbohydrate 11 g 4.6 g
   — sugars 11 g 4.6 g
Sodium <0.01 mg <0.01 mg

Tost Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Nutrition label

The Tost Non-Alcoholic Sparkling comes in slightly above that number but is well within the acceptable range. Compared to other sparkling wine options the Tost is doing well and falls in below the:

  • Vinada Sparkling Chardonnay – 18 calories and 4 grams of sugar per 100ml.
  • Vinada Sparkling Rose – 18 calories and 5 grams of sugar per 100ml.
  • Oddbird Blanc de Blancs Sparkling – 27.5 calories and 6.3 grams of sugar per 100ml.

What's Next For Tost?

Currently the Tost range is made up of the Tost Sparkling you’re reading about here and the Rose that I wrote up recently, and you can read up about here.

These currently come in singles in the US market but are yet to land in Australia. In terms of new products, the Tost team said the team may be looking at the potential:

  • One or two additional products – think orange and grape.
  • A light version.
  • Alternate packaging options.

The Round Up: Final Thoughts

The Tost Non-Alcoholic Sparkling is, like Tost say, a drink with its own flavour profile that helps you enjoy the experience of sparkling wine.

Personally, for me, I place the Tost as an ‘occasion’ drink. I can see this being a great option for when I want to dial cocktails I am making for friends to 11 and as that sitting around the dinner table with friends ‘between dinner and desert’ option.

For me, this comes in just like the Rose at 7 / 10. While I’m inclined to go for a traditional tasting drink when I can, the Tost is going to make many brunches, lunches, and dinner parties lively and enjoyable due to the bright and upbeat flavour profile it provides.

A true summer thirst quencher, if you’re interested in trying it out I would recommend it at least once – you’ll no doubt be surprised by the complexity and depth of flavour. Links are below again for you!

by Jonathan Lambrianidis

Non-alcoholic drinks writer and podcaster, beer brewing and winemaking side-kick, lawyer and cyclist. Owner of and the Non-Alcoholic Drinks Podcast.